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Pioneer Trail Wetland Restoration Project

The project will restore the site into an ecologically diverse and functioning wetland.

View of site before restoration.

The project site before restoration (fall 2019).


The Pioneer Trail Wetland Restoration Project will restore wetland and upland habitats on seven acres of land owned by the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District. The wetland drains into Bluff Creek.

View the Pioneer Trail Wetland Restoration Plan.

Benefits of the project include:

  • Improved water quality for Bluff Creek
  • Creation of healthy habitat for wildlife including pollinators
  • Improved stormwater management
  • Reduced water level fluctuations on site and adjacent properties
  • Visually pleasing landscape with seasonal color change


September-November 2021

Site Preparation
  • Vegetation & debris clearing
  • Herbicide weed control
  • Soil excavation & grading
  • Water level control structure installation
  • Erosion control seeding (cover crop)

April-July 2022

  • Seeding
  • Plant plug installation
  • Tree & shrub planting

Beyond 2022

Site Maintenance

  • Control of invasive species
  • Water monitoring

Explore the slide show below to see habitats and some of the plant species that will be part of the project.

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Pioneer Trail Wetland Restoration Feasibility Report
Pioneer Trail Wetland Restoration Project Plan

Project restoration plan showing habitat types.

Restoration plan showing habitat types.


Status: Underway
Start: September 2021
End: June 2022


Money for Landowner Projects

Property owners within the Watershed District are eligible for an up to 75% cost-share grant to fund a habitat restoration or other water quality improvement project on their property! Check out the Watershed Stewardship Grant webpage for more information.


RPBCWD would like to acknowledge these project partners:

  • Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • City of Chanhassen